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- Serene Succulent Coloring Book for Adults
- Half-moon plant shelves
- Hexagonal wall shelves
- Succulent fertilizer
- Soil moisture meter
- Bright white grow lights
- Terracotta pots
The first time I saw an Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder,’ it was a little sad and disappointing. The succulent didn’t have the classic lilac color I had been searching for.
Later, having seen a few more plants of its kind, I realized just how easy it is to wipe away the powdery protection of the ‘Lilac Wonder’, which can quickly lead to sunburn and discoloration of the leaves.
This type of succulent needs special care in order to look its best. I was determined to learn how to care for it properly so that it would display its true colors and live up to the dainty name it had been given.
With its dusty purple hue and stunning rosette, I am now convinced that this petite succulent is sure to bring peace and serenity to your space.
Once you learn its subtle nuances, this little plant is easy to care for, making it an ideal choice for both beginners and experienced gardeners alike. It thrives in warm climates, or it would look equally impressive in a container garden or a pot on a sunny windowsill in your home.
Adding a ‘Lilac Wonder’ to your space is well worth the few minutes it takes to learn everything you need to know about this unique succulent.
Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
Echeveria Lilac Wonder
Physical Description of Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
The Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ succulent looks stunning when it is well-maintained. Its rosette of spoon-shaped leaves is dusty purple with a blue-green center. The leaves are thick and have a waxy texture, making them perfect for creating interest in low-maintenance landscapes and centerpieces. This succulent can reach up to three inches high and four inches wide when it matures. In the spring or summer, you will even be treated to a beautiful bloom from this subtle beauty!
Growing Season of Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ is a slow-growing succulent, so you won’t need to worry about it taking over your landscape. It’s an ideal choice for warm climates and will thrive in temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the summer months, the ‘Lilac Wonder’ will actively grow and gain new leaves; however, during colder months, it will enter a dormant period where its growth slows significantly.
Since this succulent can’t survive a frost, it’s essential to bring it indoors if you’re expecting cold temperatures. When the weather warms up again, you can move it back outside and bask in its beauty.
How to Care for Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
Caring for your Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ doesn’t need to be complicated. Although succulents are usually easy to care for, it’s essential to keep in mind that each type of succulent requires specific care. I have compiled a list of tips that come with in-depth guides for you to follow.
Watering Needs of Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
Like most other succulents, the Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ requires minimal watering. When the soil is completely dried out, you’ll know it’s time to water your plant. Give your succulent a good soak, ensuring that all of the roots get hydrated. Do not water again until the soil has dried out completely. This will prevent root rot and other issues associated with overwatering.
Additionally, remember to lift your succulent’s leaves and pour the water at the base rather than misting or pouring water over the top of the plant. Succulents tend to easily rot if water sits on their leaves too long. They prefer to absorb their water through their roots.
Soil Needs of Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
The Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ requires well-draining soil to prevent overwatering and root rot. The ideal soil mix for this succulent consists of potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite. This mixture will help your plant get the right amount of moisture while still allowing it to drain quickly. You can also purchase a pre-made succulent soil mix, which is formulated for ideal drainage.
Also, remember to choose a pot that has excellent drainage. You can even create your own drainage holes with a drill and the appropriate drill bit. This will ensure that excess water does not accumulate and cause root rot.
Sunlight Needs of Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
The Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ needs plenty of sunlight to thrive. This particular succulent prefers partial sun, which means it does best when protected from the strongest rays of the afternoon sun. If you’re growing your plant indoors, make sure to find a place near a bright window that will receive direct morning light but not be in the direct path of the harsh afternoon sun.
The farina, which is the white, powdery coating on the leaves of this succulent, will help protect it from sunburn. If it loses its farina covering, it can easily suffer from sunburn, which is irreversible. To prevent this from happening, try not to touch its leaves or rub against it, as the plant will only produce farina with new growth.
Be sure to monitor your succulent’s position carefully, as too much or too little light can cause damage. If you’re growing your ‘Lilac Wonder’ outdoors, make sure to choose an area that is protected from direct, hot sunlight. When growing it inside a building, consider supplementing the sun with a succulent grow light to keep it compact and healthy.
Related: Best Succulents for Full Sun
Propagation Methods of Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
Take a cutting or full leaf from a healthy and mature succulent, and let it dry out for 1-3 days before planting it shallowly in well-draining soil. Be sure to use sharp scissors or pruners when taking your cuttings to avoid damaging the plant and its roots. The cutting device should also be cleaned before and after use to prevent the spreading of any plant diseases.
You can also propagate an echeveria through offsets, or “pups” that form around the base of the succulent. Carefully remove these small plants from the parent and replant in soil. When propagating through pups, you won’t need to let them dry out before planting.
Once you’ve placed your leaves, cuttings, or pups in the soil, water them lightly and keep the soil moist but not wet. With adequate care and time, they should start growing roots and will be ready to move into their own pot when they have established a good root system.
Troubleshooting Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’
If you have an Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ that isn’t looking its best, there are a few things to look out for when troubleshooting the health of your succulent.
Overwatering: Signs of overwatering include yellowing or wilting leaves and stems, as well as root rot or fungus. If this is the case, cut back on watering and ensure that your plant has proper drainage.
Too much direct sunlight: If you notice brown spots or curling leaves, this could be a sign of too much sun. Reduce the amount of direct sunlight your succulent receives and increase humidity if possible. You can also move your plant to a shadier spot if necessary.
Too little sunlight: If you notice that your succulent is stretching or has pale-colored leaves, it could be getting too little sun. Move your plant to an area with more light and watch for signs of improvement. You can supplement the sunlight with a succulent grow light if needed.
Mealybugs and pests: Mealybugs are small, white bugs that feed on your plant’s juices and leave behind a sticky mess. If you notice any mealybugs or other insects, treat the area with neem oil or rubbing alcohol to eliminate them.
Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ in Review
When I finally had the chance to observe a healthy Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’, I realized just how stunning it is. It’s an easy-to-care-for succulent that can thrive when given the right amount of sunlight and water.
With proper drainage and occasional root hydration, your plants will stay healthy and happy. Just remember to regularly check your Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’ for signs of pests or overwatering, and you’ll be well on your way to succulent success!
So, go ahead and give your succulent the love it deserves; with a little bit of effort, you can create a serene oasis with your Echeveria ‘Lilac Wonder’.